An Old Woman ('The Ugly Duchess')

Oil on oak | 62.4 x 45.5cm | c. 1513

Quinten Massys

This must be one of the most striking studies in ugliness in Western painting. An elderly woman with a very short nose and an exceedingly long upper lip rests one hand on a marble parapet. Her skin is pimply and wrinkled, and she seems to have lost h...
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